Public health officials in Thailand predict that dengue fever cases are likely to increase by 100% in 2015. From the beginning of the year until 18 August 2015, a total of 51 500 dengue cases have been reported; double the number for the same time period of 2014. It is possible that by the end of the year the total number of cases could reach 70 000.
The worst affected areas are the Central Plains, followed by the Northern, Northeast and Southern regions. The worst affected age group is 10-14 years.
The general public is being urged to help eradicate mosquito breeding sites around the home and workplace.
Advice for Travellers
Avoidance of mosquito bites, particularly during daylight hours, is recommended. Bite avoidance measures include: covering up with clothing, the use of insect repellent and bed nets impregnated with insecticide. Reduction of mosquito breeding sites around hotel rooms/homes is advised for longer term stays.